Saturday, December 27, 2008

NBA All Star Unis unveiled

The custom type is pretty cool. It's got a little bit of Veer's Alphaville and a whole lot of inspiration from Space Mountain. I like everything except the phoenix flames on the leg. The idea of linking it to the area is nice, but the execution could've been a lot better. Looks like it was designed with PC clip art. Here are some pics of what they'll look like in action courtesy of NBA2K.

The good news is the design of NBA All-Star games is getting a WHOLE lot better...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

CBS Special Presentation Ident - 1973

Now THIS reminds me of Christmas, because following this was either a Rankin-Bass Rudolf special, Frosty, The Grinch or a Charlie Brown Christmas.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tropfest NY 2008 winner uses only NYC typography.

Jason van Genderen’s Mankind Is No Island – a 3 ½ minute film that was shot entirely on a cell phone – took home the top $20,000 prize at Tropfest NY, the world’s largest short film festival.

HT to Armando for the find

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sol Sender - Obama Logo Design Part 1 of 2

One of the key aspects of Obama's campaign was the Obama brand. I think we'll see, more attention to design in campaigns from now on, especially presidential ones. I really like that 2nd finalist. It was a little playful, which could've hurt his chances, though.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mexicana's new look

Courtesy of BrandNew, Mexicana has done a bit of rebranding. They smartly went away from the Mayan bold blocky looks that was associated with AeroMexico. Thoughts?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Origin of The Hollywood Logos

Neatorama has a pretty interesting compilation of the studio logos and their origin. Like the Dreamworks kid fishing is the artist's son, MGM logo was inspired by Columbia University mascot, the lions and the Warner Brothers all changed their names (including surname).

Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Curious Case of the Benjamin Button Typeface

You can't miss the marketing campaign for David Fincher's latest picture, but I've noticed that they changed the typeface from a beautifully custom designed, very literary feeling movie title, to a no-thought-put-to-it, Baskerville typeface that looks like it was thrown together in 3 minuutes. WTF!?

See for yourself:

Props on the smaller "F" and the contrast between the skinny "U"s and the "O"s! Fuckin' beautiful.

Meh. See for yourself. The site is littered with Baskerville.

What's next? Australia in Times Roman?

At least they didn't use Trajan.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Type Conference, Veer Style.

Went to a very inspiring discussion on typography with fellow DDBers, Andrea, Jennifer and Pa hosted by Veer. Among many cool things (like script type is the most purchased type from Veer) was this video clip that is both hilarious and a sad refelection on the state of design.

Will post more later, but was happy to meet Brian Jaramillo of Agency 26 and Lettercult who shared his custom lettering goodies with us.

Typophile heaven.